Florida’s Bobby Finke To Miss 2022 SEC Championships


The Florida men have been dealt a major hit in their bid for a 10th straight SEC Championship title.

Florida Athletics broke news on Monday that Gator senior Bobby Finke will miss the conference championships, though they didn’t expand on any specific details.

Finke himself replied to the article on Twitter, saying he was “following health & safety protocols” and intends on rejoining the team in training prior to next month’s NCAA Championships. He later confirmed to SwimSwam that he was referring to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Finke, who was the clear favorite to win a fourth-straight SEC title in the men’s 1650 free and was also a title challenger in the 500 free and 400 IM, continues to have a string of bad luck at championship meets.

In 2019, he was forced to withdraw from the World University Games due to a wrist injury after a scooter accident, and then last season, was wearing a walking boot on the eve of the SEC Championships.

Finke has won three consecutive SEC titles in the men’s 1650 freestyle, having set the NCAA, U.S. Open and American Records at the 2020 championships in a time of 14:12.08. Last season, despite the walking boot, he won the event with the second-fastest time ever at 14:12.18.

The 22-year-old also took second in the 400 IM and fifth in the 500 free to score 85 points for the Gators at the 2021 SECs, helping the team to a ninth consecutive victory.

Finke followed that up by winning the first two NCAA titles of his career as a junior, claiming both the 1650 free and 400 IM at last season’s national championships.

He then had a breakout summer on the international stage, winning two gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the men’s 800 and 1500 freestyles.

In spite of Finke’s absence, the Florida men remain well-positioned to make it 10 in a row at SECs, with the Swimulator projecting them to win (with Finke competing) by nearly 300 points. While that number will fall with him out of the lineup, the Gators remain firmly in control.

The 2022 SEC Championships will kick off on Tuesday, Feb. 15, with diving, plus timed finals of the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays, and run through Saturday, Feb. 19.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
11 months ago

Looks like Florida is missing the Davis brothers as well and Quinn, and diving points in Lydon so the numbers are piling up.

Reply to  wolfensf
11 months ago

They are starting to add up a little, but neither Davis brother was going to score enough points to swing this meet. UF still has over 100 points to play with.

Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

Just doesn’t want to be in the same lane with Ledecky after this past weekend.

Irish Ringer
11 months ago

Just train through it, I guess.

11 months ago


Last edited 11 months ago by Eggsayvier
X appeal
11 months ago

Jake Magahey has entered the chat

11 months ago

All I want is for him to accidentally break the freaking 1000 record during a 1650 but he’s running out of chances!

Ugly IS my alibi
Reply to  Willswim
11 months ago

Too bad he’s likely to do that on the last 1000 and not the first

Santa banana
11 months ago

Well it’s pretty obvious that he got covid

Reply to  Santa banana
11 months ago

Covid caught him on the last 50

Reply to  Timekeeper
11 months ago


Reply to  Dylan
11 months ago

The least likely thing to ever happen.

11 months ago

Maybe Georgia can win a SEC title. I don’t know if they have ever won one?!?
No Finke for UF and add Sates for UGA

Robert Finke’s Maid
Reply to  Ghost
11 months ago

Gators projected to win by like 300 points I think they’ll be fine

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

Read More »